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Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?

Most of the information - at least as taught in Russia - related to how Rurik Dynasty became rulers of Rus is based on "Повѣсть времяньныхъ лѣтъ" ("Tale of Bygone Years", aka "Primary Chronicle"). Is ...
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Three rings (wreaths?) symbol in XIX century Russia

On some buildings in Moscow (and other cities in European part of Russia) there are carvings of three interconnected wreaths. For example, some are on the Pushkin Museum building on Prechistenka: ...
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Who were Catherine the Great's favorites, and what influence did they have on her?

Catherine the Great practised remarkable tolerance in an age when cruelty was the norm. Voltaire was a great influence, but I suspect the true cause of Catherine's good nature was her happy affairs ...